Where to Stay
Nothing sets off my “too good to be true” radar like hearing the words “luxury” and “cabin” in the same sentence. But the alarms in my head were silenced when I pulled into the Hideout on the Horseshoe, a tree-lined property situated on a bluff about four miles west of Canyon Lake. The nineteen wood cabins are nobody’s idea of roughing it, with full-sized refrigerators, first-class toiletries, and comfy beds with wagon-wheel headboards. The greatest amenity, however, is just outside the front door: a shaded porch overlooking the opalescent Guadalupe River. To access the clear, green water, just take the vine-covered walk-way down to the Hideout’s stone landing and hop in. Or arrange for the tubing shuttle to deposit you at the nearest put-in for a one- or three-hour float along the river’s horseshoe-shaped loop. One thing the Hideout doesn’t have is room service, but there are several notable dives nearby including Jay and Diane’s Horseshoe Grill, a walk-up stand that serves gloriously greasy burgers.